Eisenhower Chapter of the National Honor Society By-Laws
ARTICLE I: NAME AND PURPOSE
Section 1. The name of this chapter shall be the Eisenhower Chapter of the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools.
Section 2. The object of this chapter shall be to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character in students of Mill Valley High School.
ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Membership in this chapter shall be known as active and graduate. Active members become graduate members at graduation. The graduate members have no vote.
Section 2. Membership in this chapter is an honor bestowed upon deserving students by the faculty and shall be based on the criteria of Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character.
Section 3. To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must have been in attendance for a period of one semester at Mill Valley High School.
Section 4. Candidates eligible for election to this chapter must be members of the sophomore, junior or senior class. Candidates eligible for election to the chapter shall have a minimum grade point average of 3.4 for sophomores, juniors and seniors (out of 4.0; unweighted grade point average). This scholastic level of achievement shall remain fixes, and shall be the required minimum scholastic level of achievement for admission to candidacy. All students who can rise in scholarship to or above such standard may be admitted to candidacy for selection to membership. Their eligibility shall then be considered based on their service, leadership and character.
ARTICLE III: SELECTION OF MEMBERS
CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW
Section 4. An active member of the Nation Honor Society who transfers to this school will be given a letter indicating the status of his/her membership and signed by the Principal.
Section 5. An active member of the National Honor Society who transfers to this school will be automatically accepted for membership in this chapter. This transfer member will attain required standards established in chapter by-laws withinone semester and then maintain the membership requirements for this chapter in order to retain his/her membership.
ARTICLE IV: DISMISSAL
Section 1. Any member who falls below the standards of scholarship, leadership, character, or service may be dismissed from the Eisenhower Chapter of the National Honor Society. A member of the National Honor Society is expected to maintain an active role in service and leadership to his/her school and community.
Section 2. If a member’s cumulative grade point average falls below the standard in effect when he/she was selected (3.2), he/she will be given written warning and a time period of improvement. If the cumulative grade point average remains below a 3.2, at the end of the warning period, the student may be dismissed from the chapter.
Section 3. Violation of criminal law or school regulations can result in dismissal of a member. These violations include, but are not limited to, DWI, stealing, destruction of property, cheating, truancy, or possession, selling, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol at school or school-related activities.
Section 4. Offenders of the school conduct code (such as use of profanity, failure to comply, unexcused absence, excessive tardiness, etc.) will receive written warning notification. A conference may be requested by either party (executive board or student/parent). If the member is involved in another violation of the school conduct code, the member may be dismissed.
Section 5. Failure to attend the required 85% of meetings and activities will result in a written warning, including, the member’s attendance rate and the consequences of not raising it back to the required number. If the member fails to do so a meeting will be held for them with the executive committee notifying them of a probation period to which they will be monitored and their attendance percentage must be raised back to the required number or the member may be dismissed.
Section 6. In the case of pending dismissal:
a. The member will receive written notification of the reason for possible dismissal from the adviser/Faculty Council. The member and adviser will discuss the written notification in a conference.
b. The member will be offered a hearing with the Faculty Council prior to dismissal (in accordance with due process identified in the National Constitution). The member has the opportunity to present his/her defense. The Faculty Council will then vote on whether to dismiss.
c. A letter of dismissal will be sent to the principal, student and parents if the student is dismissed. Dismissed members must surrender any membership emblems to the adviser.
d. The member may appeal to the Faculty Council’s decision to the Principal.
e. When a student is dismissed or resigns, he/she is no longer a member and may never again be considered for membership in the National Honor Society.
Section 7. In lieu of dismissal, the Faculty Council may impose disciplinary sanctions upon a member as deemed appropriate.
ARTICLE V: OFFICERS
Section 1. The officers of the chapter shall be president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.
Section 2. Student officers shall be elected at the last meeting of each school year. All returning members are eligible to run for a position as an officer.
Section 3. A majority vote shall be necessary to elect any officer of this chapter. If the first vote does not yield a majority, a second vote shall be taken of the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes.
Section 4. It shall be the duty of the president to preside at the meetings for this chapter.
Section 5. The vice-president shall preside in the absence of the president and shall also keep a record of members’ contributions to leadership and service.
Section 6. The secretary shall keep the minutes of the meetings, keep a record of member attendance and be responsible for correspondence.
Section 7. The treasurer shall keep the record of business expenses, dues, etc.
ARTICLE VI: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Section 1. The executive committee shall consist of the faculty adviser and the chapter officers.
Section 2. The executive committee shall have general charge of the meetings and the business of the chapter, but any action by the executive committee is subject to the review of the chapter members.
ARTICLE VII: MEETINGS
Section 1. Meetings of this chapter shall be monthly. Officer meetings shall be held one week in advance, in order to plan for the upcoming meeting.
Section 2. This chapter shall conduct its meetings according to Robert’s Rules of Order.
Section 3. All members must attend 85% of meetings and activities, arriving on time to both. If a member is more than 5 minutes late this will be considered a tardy. The accumulation of three tardies becomes equal to one unexcused absence. A tardy of 15 minutes or more will be counted as an unexcused absence. An unexcused absence would be considered getting help on homework or talking to a teacher; excused absences would be considered illness and doctor appointments.
ARTICLE VIII: ACTIVITIES
Section 1. The chapter shall determine one or more service projects for each year.
Section 2. All members shall regularly participate in these projects.
Section 3. These projects shall have the following characteristics: fulfill a need within the school or community, have the support of the administration and the faculty, be appropriate an educationally defensible, and be well planned, organized, and executed.
Section 4. Each member shall have the responsibility for choosing and participating in an individual service project, which reflects his or her particular talents and interests, and as approved by the chapter adviser. This is in addition to the chapter projects which all members contribute.
Section 5. The chapter shall publicize its projects in a positive manner.
ARTICLE IX: EMBLEM
Section 1. Each member of this chapter shall be entitled to wear the emblem adopted from the National Honor Society.
Section 2. Any member who withdraws or is dismissed from the chapter shall return the emblem to the chapter.
ARTICLE X: DUES
Section 1. Dues for this chapter shall be $10.
Section 2. Dues will be payable to the chapter treasurer within 30 days of induction.
ARTICLE XI: AMENDMENTS
Section 1. These by-laws may be amended by a 2/3 vote of the chapter, provided notice of the proposed amendment had been given to members at least one month prior to vote. The exceptions are Article III and IV which are developed by the Faculty Council with the approval of the principal.
Section 2. By-laws and amendments must be consistent with the Constitution of the National Honor Society.